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November 28, 2012
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  Diabetes in Focus 
  • Study: Countries with more HFCS intake have more diabetes cases
    The prevalence of type 2 diabetes was 20% higher in countries that consumed lots of high-fructose corn syrup than in those with lower intake, according to a study in Global Public Health. The U.S. had the most high-fructose corn syrup consumption at 55 pounds per person annually, followed by Hungary, Slovakia and Canada. Countries with the lowest intake include India, Ireland and Sweden. U.S. News & World Report/HealthDay News (11/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study links benfluorex to valvular regurgitation in diabetes
    Diabetes patients who were on benfluorex treatment showed higher rates of cardiac murmurs and mild left heart valve regurgitation compared with those who did not take the drug, a study in the journal Circulation found. Researchers also observed a higher risk of combined aortic and mitral regurgitation in benfluorex-treated patients. Modern Medicine/Reuters (11/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Nutrition & Wellness 
  • Obese children, teens on metformin show reduced BMI
    Obese children and adolescents with hyperinsulinemia and/or impaired fasting glucose or impaired glucose tolerance who took metformin daily for six months attained significant reductions in BMI compared with those in the placebo group, a study found. Improvements in fasting glucose, alanine aminotransferase and adiponectin-to-leptin ratio were also seen in metformin-treated patients, researchers noted. The findings appear in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. Healio/Endocrine Today (11/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Exercising with a partner may improve workout
    Researchers at Kansas State University found that participants who exercised with a partner showed improved workout time and intensity, by up to 200%. "People like to exercise with others and make it a social activity. We found that when you're performing with someone who you perceive as [a] little better than you, you tend to give more effort than you normally would alone," researcher Brandon Irwin said. Yahoo/Indo-Asian News Service (11/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Video game encourages students to eat right, exercise
    Beginning in the spring, health educators in some Sacramento, Calif., schools are expected to begin testing a video game designed to encourage healthy eating and fitness among students. Students who play the game will find that their avatar grows stronger when they log more real-life physical activity and make healthy nutritional choices, such as skipping dessert. United Press International (11/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Practice Update 
  • Doctors' wages grow slower than those of other medical professionals
    Wages for doctors in the U.S. grew more slowly between 1987-1990 and 2006-2010 than for other health professionals, with just a 9.6% salary difference, according to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The average pay of pharmacists and dentists grew by 44% and 23%, respectively, researchers said. Reuters (11/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Agency sets comment period for stage 3 MU measures
    Comments on the CMS draft recommendations for stage 3 meaningful use objectives for the EHR incentive program may be submitted until Jan. 14, according to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT. Health care groups and providers may give input on objectives for meaningful use, quality metrics and privacy and security measures. (11/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends & Technology 
  • More U.S. adults turn to retail clinics
    Retail clinics have gained popularity among consumers, according to a study by Kalorama Information. Researchers surveyed 2,000 American adults and found that 21.3% have visited a retail clinic, up from less than 10% six years ago. Chain Drug Review (11/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ADA News 
  • Continuing education for health care professionals who treat patients with diabetes
    Did you know that the American Diabetes Association has been accredited to provide continuing medical education for health care professionals for more than 25 years? Each year, the Association educates more than 20,000 health care professionals and scientists worldwide. Opportunities include live programs, webcasts, online and printed programs. Visit the recently redesigned Continuing Education Library. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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